Imagine you have an urgent need to go somewhere and no car to get there. Sitting in your neighbour’s driveway, not being used, is a car. You’d offer to pay for borrowing it, but there’s all the issues of insurance. Now, a new peer to peer car sharing scheme makes it easy to get a car when you need one, and easy to rent out your car when you are not using it, without stressing about the insurance.
Car Next Door has just launched a new system where neighbours can rent their vehicles by the hour or the day, with no equipment to install and no changes to insurance.
The Sutherland Shire is one of a few areas where Car Next Door is piloting the program across NSW and Victoria.
Car Next Door CEO and co-founder, Will Davies, said the new Key Handover system is an Australian first. “Instead of having our tech installed into the car, the owner and borrower just meet to exchange keys and report distance and tolls through the app,” said Mr Davies.
“Our insurance will cover the car during a borrower’s booking. Owners will keep their own insurance to cover their car whenever it’s not rented out. This will cut the biggest cost to us in having a car listed on the platform for sharing,” he said.
Mr Davies said that the trade-off was no membership fees, no availability requirement and a different commission structure – all making it more attractive to car owners outside the metropolis where car sharing is now common.
Vehicle owners can list their car, van, or ute out when they are not using it, through Car Next Door’s secure online platform. Automated key exchange, payments, tolls, insurance, roadside and 24 hour member support are handled by Car Next Door, making it simple and safe for people to make use of idle cars.
“Everything is still safely regulated, but this makes car sharing a lot easier for those who want to do it on a more casual basis,” Mr Davies said.
“It allows us to bring neighbour-to-neighbour car-sharing to more areas quickly and cost effectively – making it possible for more owners to rent out their cars just occasionally, such as when they go away on holidays. This also means more choice for borrowers with better access to cars and more cars available.”
Car Next Door was launched in 2012 in metropolitan areas to change the ‘one person, one car’ mentality. By connecting car owners with trusted borrowers in their local community, Car Next Door empowers people to save money, reduce waste and build cleaner and greener communities.
For more information on how to rent your car or to rent a vehicle for use using Car Next Door, look at www.carnextdoor.com.au.